Beach, Box 46, August 1946


Stepping some two years back, this box has “August 1946” pencilled on it.

We’ve seen few beach images in 1946 already, and these negatives seem to be part of the same time period.

These images are of the “snapshot” variety, the photography documenting the who, what, where, why of things.

The first image though could be a COP pool image, there’s insufficient information for an either/or determination. Just leaving it at this. These boards seem to be a little too small to be boogie boards.

Pool or ocean ? 1946 ?

As for beach location, there’s no indication of any location on the box, but we’ve seen Joel make trips to Santa Cruz and Carmel, so most likely, somewhere in between. From the horizon, we can make up that this was in one or other bay.

There goes a hamburger, August 1946, somewhere at the California coast.
Beach portrait, August 1946, somewhere at the California coast.
Beach portrait, August 1946, somewhere at the California coast.

We see the light leaks again on these images, one more indication that we’re working with the older camera with older film holders with worn out light trap material. This problem mostly ceased to occur as Joel brought new camera equipment.

Icecream, August 1946, somewhere at the California coast.
Beach portrait, August 1946, somewhere at the California coast.
Beach portrait, August 1946, somewhere at the California coast. (Printed)
Beach portrait, August 1946, somewhere at the California coast.
Horseplay, August 1946, somewhere at the California coast. (Printed)
More horseplay, August 1946, somewhere at the California coast

The coast line across the bay, with a seemingly large structure, might provide a hint as to location.

Posing with kelp, August 1946, somewhere at the California coast
Posing with kelp, August 1946, somewhere at the California coast

I personally like the last shot, it is a negative one can work with for a print-on-the-wall.

The last image in this box clearly doesn’t belong there, and we’ll have to keep an eye out for a collection of similar subject images. Clearly agricultural, but Joel has been around many farm areas. The crate has an Del Monte stamp on it, safe to assume this scene is pretty local to the San Joaquin county area.

Del Monte, sorting sweet potatoes, unknown location, unknown date.

The only guy beach portrait in this series was a dud, so not showing, no point.

We’ll be back on the normal schedule next blog post,

Cheers !


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